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The Prototyping Blog

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Defining "Low Volume" Production Quantities For Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jul 9, 2018

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Over the past several months, The ERC has exhibited at trade shows throughout the country. I've had the privilege of meeting many prospective customers who visited our booth to ask about our services. When I explain that we build prototype & production tooling as well as manufacture low volume production parts, the most common question is “what quantity do you consider 'low volume'?” The easy answer is: under 100,000 parts per year. But the real answer is: it depends! 

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Bridge-Tooling, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing

Low Volume Production Is More Affordable Than You Think

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 8, 2017

Small volume production presents big problems for many OEM's. It is difficult for them to rationalize high capital expenditure for tooling that is required to produce low annual volumes of plastic replacement parts or to bridge the gap between prototyping and production. Luckily, we've come up with an affordable solution that doesn't sacrifice quality.

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Topics: Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing, Modular Tooling System

How To Turn Your Invention Idea Into A Product That Sells (Part 2)

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 9, 2017

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how to start with a CAD model and venture into the exciting world of 3D printing and prototyping. Now it's time to build your brand and bring your product to life!

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Topics: Prototype Launch, Low Volume Production, invention, bringing a product to market, inventors

Low Volume Production Tool VS. Full Production Tool [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 30, 2017

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Topics: Bridge-Tooling, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing

Struggling To Afford Injection Mold Tooling For Low Volume Projects?

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Mar 17, 2017

One of the most challenging aspects of planning for low volume production projects is the initial tooling cost. Building dedicated production tools for components that are expected to run limited volumes can be expensive. In some cases, the high cost of production tooling can terminate a project that could have had a lot of potential.           

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, Engineering Support, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing

How To Get An Affordable Part Price On Low Volume Production Quantities

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 3, 2017

It’s pretty common knowledge in the manufacturing industry: “The more you buy, the cheaper it is”. But what if you don’t have a choice? What if your annual volume is only 4,000-5,000 injection molded parts per year and you don’t want to pay $5 per part?  At the Engineering Resource Center, we figured out a few ways to efficiently produce your low volume parts without charging you an arm and a leg for them.

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Bridge-Tooling, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing